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When to go on safari?

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Friday, January 20th, 2012


Planning an African Safari: When is the best time to go?

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Migration time

With expert advice, it is possible to plan an unforgettable African safari at nearly any time of year. That being said, each country, and specific regions within each country, have high seasons and low seasons, and varying highlights at different times of year. If you’ve been contemplating a safari in Africa, the following is a primer to help you get figure out that most common of questions: When is the best time to go?

Best time to go to Botswana: Year-round; June-October for easiest wildlife viewing

The classic safari route from Maun, Botswana to Livingstone, Zambia threads through the famed Okavango Delta to the Linyanti/Selinda reserves, and ends in the vicinity of Victoria Falls just over the Zambezi River in Zambia. For this itinerary, the best game viewing is from June-October, but really the game viewing is very good year-round in these regions, and we can help you select the very best places to go based on your specific dates.
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Lonely Planet Names Top 10 Countries to Visit in 2011

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Friday, November 5th, 2010

From their new book, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2011, the editors at this renowned publication have compiled the best in atmosphere, cuisine, culture, and adventure into a list of the Top 10 Countries to visit in the upcoming year. As always, we like to highlight destinations in our collection that are included in these coveted lists, so take a look below to see how you can make a spectacular travel choice in 2011 with Boundless Journeys.

ITALY

“Italy is a beguiling, beautiful, charismatic mess…one of the world’s most magnificent places to be. The food is delicious, sunshine is plentiful, scenery and towns are sublime, and there is millennia-worth of art to look at. There are 44 Unesco World Heritage Sites here, more than in any other country.”
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Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley

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Monday, August 2nd, 2010
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The Great Rift Valley

Using ‘great’ as the adjective to describe this natural wonder underplays its true size: At a little more than 3,700 miles in length, this fissure in the ground runs north from Mozambique, all the way to Lebanon. The Earth’s surface comprises tectonic plates, which inevitably meet. It’s at these junctions where life is born. Where plates overlap springs molten lava, gushing from fissures at sea through remote island volcanoes. Where plates meet on land, nearby regions are intensely fertile: their sulfur-rich soils supporting life, and attracting animal and human settlers since the earliest of days.

As these gigantic shifting structures met, they divided into the Ethiopian and Kenyan rifts, and again into Eastern and Western rifts, around the dense Tanzanian craton. It’s little surprise then that Tanzania is home to such natural beauty as that found on the wild plains of the Serengeti. It is claimed that American hunter, Stewart Edward White was the first westerner to discover this region, and when he did, he said: “We walked for miles over burnt out country… Then I saw the green trees of the river, walked two miles more and found myself in paradise”.
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Ten phrases to take on Safari in Tanzania

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Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Whether it’s during a Tanzania safari or just on general travel to Tanzania, every traveler should have mastered some of the local language before they arrive.

Tanzania Safari Language Tips

Habari (Hello)

There are always certain phrases that will prove invaluable when traveling. That said, it’s not always easy, but it can be just plain rude to leave without learning the simplest of greetings. In most countries, even the attempt to converse in your host’s language is enough to earn their respect. As travelers we owe it to the people of whichever country we visit, to speak, where possible, in their language. So, for people packing their gear before a Tanzania vacation, here are a few useful phrases to help you on your way, and links to the most informative sites we can find.

Tanzania – Spoken languages are English and Swahili -also known as Kiswahili, of which there are more than 120 local dialects.

Ten handy Swahili phrases:

Hello/ How are you? – Habari/ Hujajambo? (informal).
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Tanzania Safari Charity Event

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Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Boundless Journeys is organizing our annual Charity Event Trip, and we’d like to invite you join us December 20-29, 2010 for a Tanzania safari to benefit the Foundation for African Medicine and Education (FAME; www.fameafrica.org).

Simply by joining this unique adventure, you will make a difference in the lives of the people you will meet. A portion of your trip cost will be donated to FAME to assist them in their important mission to bring essential medical care to a population that is seriously underserved. A similar event in 2008 resulted in Boundless Journeys donating $6,000 to our friends at FAME.

To learn more about FAME:

On our Annual Charity Event Safari guests will experience:
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Botswana Safari News, Black Rhino

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Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Botswana_mombo_rhinoGood news from Botswana! Boundless Journeys’ Botswana safari guests now have even more to look forward to… on September 26th, wildlife monitors reported the birth of a Black Rhino in the wild; an unusual occurrence for the species that was only reintroduced to Botswana in 2003. In 1992, Black Rhinos where sadly considered “locally extinct” in Botswana. Efforts by Boundless Journeys’ partner, Wilderness Safaris, have seen the species reintroduced to Chiefs Island in the renowned Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. The birth of this rhino baby in the wild bodes very well for their continued success in reclaiming a place in the amazing Okavango Delta ecosystem.

While rhinos remain difficult to spot, and a sighting is considered very lucky, there are many species one can easily expect to see on an African safari, including the remaining four of the Big Five of African wildlife: lions, elephants, leopard, and buffalo. Boundless Journeys offers both scheduled Botswana safaris, as well as private and customized trips. Not sure which African safari is right for you? Consider these tips in making your choice:

Tanzania: Migration Safari; Tanzania offers a wonderful blend of culture and wildlife, all amid some of the most epic landscapes on earth. Tanzania is also the perfect choice if you are interested in doing some camping but would also enjoy the comforts of a lodge, as our Tanzania safaris offer a nice mix of accommodation style. Choose a summer departure if you have particular interest in elephants, or go in February or March to see thousands of wildebeest babies.
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Planning an African Safari

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Monday, July 13th, 2009

Planning an African Safari can present may challenges, and may seem overwhelming for those who would like to take this trip of a lifetime. There is much to consider, so we thought this recent article could provide a few basic tips on how to get started. Don’t let the fear of not knowing how to begin prevent you from this incredible experience.

IndependentTraveler.com, July 9, 2009

African SafariAn African safari is a true adventure — a journey crafted in the tradition of wealthy 13th-century traders who first hunted the plains of Africa for wild game trophies to hang on their walls. Today, travelers hunt for photo opportunities instead of occasions to kill, but they encounter the same scenes that have fascinated explorers throughout history: thousands of zebras migrating across emerald grasslands, flocks of florescent flamingos creating a field of color across a shining soda lake, lions feasting on a hard-earned kill.

Many travelers trek to Africa in search of the “big five”: buffalo, lions, leopards, elephants and rhinoceroses. The chance to get close to these animals in their natural habitats is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but your trip to the Africa is anything but a trip to the zoo. Safaris can be physically taxing and strenuous, and you may not see all the animals you expected. Since most safari destinations are in developing sub-Saharan nations, travelers must take certain safety and health precautions. If you’re planning a safari (or just dreaming about it), be as prepared as possible. Get some good guidebooks, talk to friends who’ve been to Africa and research, research, research. We’ve outlined some important safari basics, from choosing a destination to getting vaccinated, to help you start planning a successful African adventure.
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A Time for Giving Back: Peru Charity Event

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Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Boundless Journeys’ Annual Charity Event, An Ideal Way to Help Those in Need

Peru and Machu Picchu Charity EventAt a time when many avid travelers are scaling back due to guilt brought on by the impression that adventure travel is indulgent and insensitive to others who may be struggling to get by, Boundless Journeys’ annual charity event offers the ideal solution: incorporating meaningful community service into an amazing travel adventure.

Boundless Journeys is offering its August 2-9, 2009 Peru: The Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu trip as a special charity event to benefit the Instituto Machu Picchu and a community school in the village of Huanca. This 2009 event follows our successful 2008 event, a Tanzanian safari benefitting the Foundation for African Medicine and Education (FAME). The 2008 charity event trip resulted in a donation of $6,000 to FAME and the participation of 10 Boundless Journeys clients in a well-child check at a Karatu, Tanzania orphanage.

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